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Division of Water

Division of Water

The Watershed Management Framework identifies major watersheds as basins and established basin units as a working area.

Each basin unit has a basin coordinator, who works for either the Division of Water or partner organizations and are generally overseen and funded by the Division of Water.

Partner organizations include the Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation. The Kentucky River Authority funds basin coordinator activities in that basin.

Image Map for Kentucky's Watershed Management Basins Green and Tradewater Rivers BasinBig Sandy/Little Sandy and Tygarts BasinFour Rivers BasinKentucky River BasinLicking River BasinSalt River Basin Upper Cumberland River Basin
  To view more details about a particular basin unit, click on the area of the map where the basin is located.

Watershed Viewer
Watershed Viewer is a clickable basin map. More detailed information is revealed by "zooming" into the map (with the "magnifying glass"). "Identify HUC11" produces links, at the bottom of the map, to a table and narrative information about each subwatershed.

Data and Reports

  • List of impaired waters for Kentucky (303d List) - Pursuant to Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, Kentucky has developed a list of waterbodies presently not supporting designated uses as required by 40 CFR 130.7(b)(4) and needing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development.
  • Water Quality Report to Congress (Integrated Report or 305b Report) - This report was prepared by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) for submittal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fulfill requirements of Section 305(b) of the federal Water Pollution Control (or Clean Water) Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-500), as subsequently amended. Section 305(b) of the act requires states to assess and report current water quality conditions to EPA every two years.